Leanna Pugliese is a desert native growing up in Tucson, Arizona (southwest USA bordering Mexico). Leanna attended Uni in Tucson and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology with a minor in chemistry and German; post grad she was accepted into the College of Pharmacy and completed my PharmD (2006). Thinking that she loved the rain (coming from 350 days of sunshine), Leanna decided to move to the Pacific Northwest to complete a PGY1 residency. During her time there, she fell in love with sailing, fresh wild salmon, and snowboarding despite this being the most professionally defining year of her life to this point. Leanna’s focus during her residency training was oncology and her passion for this field continues to now. Leanna left the Pacific Northwest and travelled and worked in NZ which made coming to work in Australia possible.
Here in Australia, Leanna’s lives in sunny Newcastle NSW, a 20 minute bike ride from the beach and whilst not at work, she’s looking after her very rambunctious toddler Jose, learning more Australianese from her husband, and on the hunt for delicious authentic Mexican food. Leanna has been working here for over 4 years now as an investigational medicines/clinical trials pharmacist specializing in Hematology/Oncology. She sits on the Hunter New England Ethics Scientific subcommittee and the Oncology COSP.
In the US, once students have completed their pharmacy degree (PharmD), graduates can pursue further training with either a clinical (residency program) or research (fellowship program) focus. The postgraduate year one (PGY1) residency training is an organized, directed, accredited program that builds upon knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities gained from an accredited professional pharmacy degree program.
During her talk, Leanna will discuss the benefits of completing a PGY1 residency, the process of applying for residency (in the US), expected outcomes of the resident, and a day in the life of your typical PGY1 resident.